Lines long for Savai'i ferry as Christmas peak period begins
Vehicles lined up at the Mulifanua Wharf Friday night waiting for the 6am ferry.
The vehicles and their passengers could not fit on the last ferry out of Mulifanua at 4pm so they resorted to making their vehicles their home for the night.
For some passengers, they saw an opportunity.
A group of men gathered near their truck with bottles of beers. Asked how they felt about spending the night there, one of them said it’s not ideal but there is nothing they could do.
“So why not have a few beers while we wait for tomorrow morning?” he said.
“Christmas is here.”
The Samoa Observer visited at about 7pm. The office at the wharf was closed and inside the terminal, there were a few passengers sleeping on the wooden seats.
The Christmas period is regarded as one of the busiest times of the year for the Mulifanua wharf as Savai'i residents head home for the festive season.
It’s not just the usual Savai'i traffic though. There are hundreds of returning residents who are home for Christmas and many other celebrations such as reunions, weddings, saofai and birthdays.
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